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Liaison Notebook: Understand the Many Areas of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law


Vol. 40 No. 8

By Ashley Martin

Ashley Martin, a 2L at University of North Dakota School of Law, is the 2011–12 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law—Real Property Division.
If you are interested in a career in real estate or estate planning, the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE) is for you.

RPTE has more than 25,000 members and has a division for Real Property and another for Trust and Estate Law. Law student membership is $5 for students who are already members of the ABA.

In addition to being eligible for RPTE’s annual Law Student Writing Contest (the 2011 first place winner received $2,500 cash and a free trip to the Section’s Fall Leadership Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona), student members also receive bimonthly copies of the RPTE eReport, bimonthly copies ofProbate & Property (RPTE’s Section-specific magazine), quarterly copies of the RPTE Law Journal, and free attendance to many eCLEs.

Additionally, students can be a part of any of the groups and committees that focus on specific areas of concern within the areas of Real Property law and Trust and Estate law (i.e., the Land Use and Environmental Group or the Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group). In addition to these benefits, you will be able to better your education in emerging areas of Section-specific law, while interacting with many of the top attorneys in this field.

Being actively involved in an organization is more than just putting it on your résumé; it is a great way to further your interest in these areas of law or to decide if a career in this area of law is right for you. No matter what field of law you are interested in, being a law student member of RPTE has wonderful educational and employment benefits for you.

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